Sensitivity to Holidays

Writing About the Holidays The holiday season, for many, extends from November through February.  Families will be celebrating Diwali, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the New Year at various times during these months. Writing about holidays is a wonderful way to share cultures in words, pictures, and music.  Yes, holidays also…

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month   What an exciting time to feature the contributions of LatinX Writers, Speakers and Movie Makers! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with culturally relevant texts, video, and speeches that give students opportunity to expand and explore their emerging ELA skills. Consider writing PANTOUM POEMS in response to art by Frieda Kalho and/or…

Shakespeare’s Birthday

Happy 454th   Birthday, Will! April 23rd is the day many celebrate the birth of William Shakespeare, one of the more widely read dramatists of all times.This year is his 454th! Prepare your students to understand Elizabethan society a little better. Have a go with your students and have them take…

Books for Boys

Perhaps, because so many elementary and middle school teachers are female, the books on our standard reading lists tend to appeal more to students of that same gender.  Not sure if that's the case, but admittedly teachers of young men in all grades recognize that our male students often are…

Write Right Away

Get' em Writing about Themselves Looking for ways to get to know your students while having them do authentic writing that builds on works you've read?  Here are three ideas to consider that can serve as a beginning of the year formative assessments of reading and writing.  No need to…

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading - Expand Lists Have you seen the READING BINGO challenges posted by Scholastic ? Using the cards may be just what will inspire  students to broaden their independent reading choices.  Could offer a modest prize...enough to entice to read, but not to cheat.   Click here for book…

Book Talks

Introduce Students to Books Old and New Responding to Rena's posting "I  would like to do book talks with my grade 8 class, but I'm not sure how to get started.  Has anyone got any suggestions as to what the best approach would be?  Your suggestions are appreciated!" One approach:…

Oral Book Report Prep

Practice together, then assign students oral reports on independent reading books. Adapt the handout for a whole class or small group assignment and have student complete the form based on a book the class has just finished reading.  (Great way to review a book before an end-of-book assignment.) Then use similar…
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